Guardians of a place that has existed long before us, we were inspired by nature’s beauty and the wisdom of times gone by, to create a one off holiday resort that redefines luxury and the concept of the good life.
Propelled by love and awe for this magical place set amidst Crete’s largest olive grove, we embarked on an exciting- albeit sometimes daunting- journey; which was to last for almost four decades. Even though we didn’t realise it from the beginning, our aim had always been to breathe new life into Kapsaliana in Rethymnon, Crete-the once thriving, autonomous community built around an old olive mill.
Still a work in progress, Kapsaliana Village, a historical hotel in Rethymno, Crete which has been characterized by Presidential Decree as of “High Cultural Value”, nowadays constitutes a novel travel proposal: One that seamlessly blends intelligent luxury with authentic, bespoke experiences; one where discovery is a way of life; and the quest for equilibrium the ultimate objective.
Kapsaliana Village hotel pays homage to the past; celebrates the present; and paves the way to a more a balanced, sustainable future. With our hosts as your personal guide, we invite you to explore and revel in the possibility of each moment. For here, time melts away as you lose yourself in experiences that will stay with you for a lifetime. Welcome to a world of serenity and wonder. Welcome to Kapsaliana Village hotel!
Kapsaliana Village hotel is located in the prefecture of Rethymno, Crete 18km from the main town, 4 km from the historical Arkadi Monastery, 75 km from the International Airport of Heraklion and 85 km from the International Airport of Chania. Access is easy and fast, whichever point you are coming from.
RESTAURANTS AND BARS
- POOL & SNACK BAR: The pool bar at Kapsaliana Village hotel serves light contemporary dishes, including seasonal snacks and organically grown salads, colourful cocktails, fresh juices, real coffee and other delightful concoctions, for a bit of sustenance prior, after or in between laps at the pool.
- LEMONIES – Cocktail Bar: Named after the blooming lemon trees surrounding this cosy spot. Our ‘Lemonies Cocktail Bar’ creates a romantic yet relaxed ambiance where you may enjoy a refreshing sunset drink. Pick your favourite spirits together with a light savory snack before dinner.
- Aperitivo Corners: Picture a luscious orchard and nothing but the Cretan sea and olive trees stretching infinitely before you. Now imagine yourself basking in the panoramic vistas while having an aperitif before dinner or a night cup soon after. At Kapsaliana Village hotel we have carved some intimate, candlelit corners along the communal terraces, for the incurably romantic.
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Why We like It
Number of Rooms
Set on a 4000sq.m land, only 10 minutes walking distance (600m) from Kapsaliana Village, Asterope Villa is an exceptional private escape giving the absolute sense of tranquility and relaxation.
Entering the ground level of the villa there is a spacious living and dining area with contemporary furniture, a fully equipped kitchen and a bedroom with en-suite bathroom.
Going up on to the first floor there are two bedrooms with en-suite bathrooms and a big terrace with breath-taking views over the sea, mountains and the surrounding olive groves.
The fourth bedroom is a Guesthouse located in the garden and has its own en-suite bathroom.
The outside area offers a peaceful garden with a lounge, dining area, a guesthouse, a pool bar and a 55m2 large private swimming pool.
At Kapsaliana Village Hotel, Borealis is a unique, stone house suite with private swimmin pool and panoramic sea views from every corner. The Family Suite features:
- Two spacious areas with living room,
- Open plan kitchen with dining area,
- Sitting area with fireplace
- Master Bedroom with en-suite hammam,
- Studio Couch that can be used as a sofa bed.
- Alcove single room with private bathroom,
- Private Swimming pool,
- Panoramic sea view
Aquila constellation means ‘eagle’ in Latin while represents the eagle of the Roman god Jupiter in mythology.
At Kapsaliana Village Hotel, this Junior Suite features panoramic window sea views and an outdoor seating area on a terrace surrounded by olive and carob trees. Aquila has a double bed, a working desk and a small living room area with a sofa bed that can host an extra person. A special tip of Aquila is its elevated ceilings that give you an extra sense of openness and comfort.
Historical tip: Aquila is part of the latest restoration at Kapsaliana Village Hotel. The building dates more that 150 years old and can be booked together with Luna and Corona Borealis, hosting up to 9 people.
Capacity: The junior suite Aquila in conjunction with the Superior Double Room Luna i are also suitable for 2 couples and a child.
Luna is the Latin version of the word ‘moon’ and originates from Roman mythology. At Kapsaliana Village Hotel, ‘Luna’ gives its name to our lately restored Superior Double Room with Panoramic Sea View.
The room combines a private entrance and a balcony with enchanting and wide views of the Cretan sea. Luna also features a romantic elevated bedroom with double bed, a small seating area and a modern, waterfall bathroom.
Historical tip: Luna is part of the latest restoration at Kapsaliana Village Hotel. The building dates more that 150 years old and can be booked together with Aquila and Borealis, hosting up to 9 people.
Capacity: The Superior Double Room Luna in conjunction with Junior Suite Aquila are also suitable for 2 couples and a child.
Lyra constellation gives its name to a historic junior suite at Kapsaliana Village Hotel. The original features of Crete have been preserved and Lyra reminds of the restored village house, with its authentic style and heritage. The ground floor suite features a spacious living room with a double bed or twin beds as well as a small seating area with a fireplace. The suite is also equipped with a sofa bed in the living room that can accommodate an extra person.
At the entrance of Lyra, there is an authentic stone water tank used by the villagers for water uses such as washing and mainly laundry.
The Double Room “Eridanus” has a bedroom with double bed or twin beds, a sitting corner by a decorative fireplace and a dressing room next to the bathroom. It is centrally located in front of the spacious paved square, which is a continuation of the courtyard of the old olive mill. It is also close to the pool while the room is ideal for couples looking for a comfortable stay in Crete. It has a sitting area in front of the room with a table, chairs and umbrella.
Historic Tip: The Double Room “Eridanus” used to be the home of the so-called “tritaris”, i.e. the man who was responsible for the cultivation of the surrounding fields of the monastery and who took 1/3 of the harvest.
Olive Oil Mill Suite
Our Olive Oil Mill Suite was originally an 18th century private olive mill. The open plan suite is located side by side as a continuation of our historic olive oil museum. Part of the room’s ancient decoration are a historic millstone and an underground oil stone protected by glass floors.
Within 80square meters the spacious suite features a double bedroom that is separated from its two seating areas with a large stone arch. The first seating area can accommodate an extra person while the second one is where the historically preserved items are placed. Olive Mill Suite also encompasses a modern waterfall bathroom.
Capacity: Olive Oil Mill Suite is suitable for a couple and a child.
The “Pleiades” suite at Kapsaliana Village Hotel is a spacious, 2-room suite with a sitting area, fireplace and a separate bedroom. Both the living room and the bedroom have access to the terrace with a pergola and the garden. The suite also has a living room with a sofa bed that can turn into 2 single beds suitable for 1 or 2 children. The suite overlooks the lush hillside and is ideal for families looking for a unique suite to stay in Crete. Ideal for families with children because of the outdoor protected space.